Freedom Socialist editorial
Will Mississippi’s last clinic be shut down?
volume 35
issue 3
June 2014

Fetus fetishists are one step closer to shutting down the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. For decades, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and a slew of community supporters, has fought off legal and physical attacks. Now the fate of this facility that serves thousands of patients each year is in the hands of a 3-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hypocritical politicians spew unscientific nonsense that requiring the clinic’s doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital will insure quality healthcare. Bull! It’s a bald-faced attempt to outlaw abortion. Poor women of Mississippi will be forced back into alleys for illegal and unsafe procedures.

While some states can’t ban abortion fast enough, others, like California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada and Washington have codified Roe v. Wade into state law. And since January, politicians in 17 states have introduced 64 measures to expand reproductive rights. This is great news for women living in those states.

But it underscores that the U.S. is a nation of haves and have-nots. Have money and you have access. If not, it’s a roll of the dice based on the luck of where you live. Healthcare shouldn’t be a game of chance.

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